Vishal Krishna and Trisha Krishnan were supposed to work on many occasions but it not happen for one or the other reason. Thiru's Samar brings them together for the first time and despite facing a lot of troubles over the release at the last minute, the film has successfully hit the screens on January 13.
Audience were confused over the release date of Samar, as the film joined the Pongal race only after Kamal Hassan's Vishwaroopam backed out. However, in the limited time, the makers of the film tried to generate a lot of curiosity and have managed to get decent response. While the verdicts on other Pongal releases like Karthi's Alex Pandian, which has failed to impress the audience, and Santhanam's Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya, which has garnered positive feedbacks, are out, people are eagerly waiting to see whether Samar could impress them.
The Vishal Krishna and Trisha Krishnan's film is an action-thriller, which has a lot of twists and turns in the story. Sakthi (Vishal), a trek guide and the son of Forest Ranger Azhagam Perumal, and Roopa (Sunaina) have parted ways. After a few months, he gets a courier from his ex-girlfriend in which she had written an apology letter and asked him to come to Bangkok. The letter brings him a lot of joy and he immediately gears up for his first-ever foreign trip. In the flight, he meets Maya (Trisha Krishnan) and they turn good friends.
The real story begins when he lands in Thailand, as there is a threat to his life. He has been trapped and he struggles to come out from it with the help of Maya. Then, we are introduced to ruthless baddies played by JD Chakravarthy and Manoj Bajpai. The first half raises a lot of questions and the the second half answers all of them. What happened to his love? What role Trisha is playing in this trap? You should watch the film to get answers to all these questions.
The strength of the film is the screenplay, which thrills you with every twist. The first half of Samar is brilliant and the second half is cleverly narrated. The director unveils the turns in the story without confusing audience, which makes the film an interesting watch.However, drawbacks of Samar are lifeless music and background score, characterisation of the baddies played by JD and Manoj, and the length of the film. While the first half has everything - love, action and thrill, the second half gets boring at parts with unwanted scenes and the item track.
Performance wise, Vishal has matured as an actor and his expressions are really good in Samar. His body language in action sequences is praise worthy and his looks are apt in the film. Trisha takes a break from her usual running-around-trees kind of role and her characterisation is good. Sunaina has done a decent job in her limited role. But JD and Manoj are irritating.
Technically, Richard M. Nathan's cinematography stands out of all technical departments. Be it in a chase sequences or forest scene, he has done a neat job. Yuvan's song 'Azhago azhagu...' is good and nothing more can be said about the album. Dharan Kumar's background score fails big time. However, S Ramakrishnan's dialogues are excellent. Last but not least, the director gets full marks for making a different kind of attempt and also for coming up with a good action-thriller.
Samar is a must-watch movie for action lovers.